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UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2023

Pillar Technical standards applied to ICT goods, products and online services  |  Sub-pillar Self-certification for product safety
Testing requirements
It is reported that Uzbekistan uses different types of procedures to certify ICT goods. These include:
- Procedures 1 - 5 involve testing of standard samples in an accredited laboratory (AL).
- Procedures 3 - 5 also include inspection of production.
- Procedure 6 is based on the assessment of the quality management system.
- Procedure 7 tests packaging samples in the AL
- Procedure 8 tests each product sample in the AL
- Procedure 9 verifies the declaration.
It is reported that the procedures 3 and 7 are the most commonly used in Uzbekistan. After testing, an accredited body issues a certificate of conformity for a period of up to three years.
Coverage ICT goods

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2023

Pillar Technical standards applied to ICT goods, products and online services  |  Sub-pillar Open and transparent standard-setting process
Lack of participation of foreigners in standard-setting bodies
It is reported that foreign companies that do not have a manufacturing presence are not allowed to participate in the development of national standards.
Coverage Horizontal

UZBEKISTAN

Since December 2020

Pillar Quantitative trade restrictions for ICT goods, products and online services  |  Sub-pillar Other import restrictions, including non-transparent/discriminatory import procedures
Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. 801 "On radio frequency spectrum use permission allows all radio electronic media and high frequency devices use regulatory procedure" (Ўзбекистон Республикаси Вазирлар Маҳкамасининг қарори 801-сон, радиочастота спектридан фойдаланиш соҳасида рухсат этиш ҳамда радиоэлектрон воситалар ва юқори частотали қурилмалардан фойдаланишни тартибга солиш тўғрисида)
Act. No. 801 establishes the criteria to allow building, purchasing, installing and importing radio electronic media and high frequency devices, which include the permit of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Center.
Coverage Radio electronic media

UZBEKISTAN

Since April 2015, last amended in October 2022

Pillar Quantitative trade restrictions for ICT goods, products and online services  |  Sub-pillar Import ban applied on ICT goods, products and online services
Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan No. 86 “On measures on introduction of the system on mandatory energy marking and certification of realized home appliances, newly constructed buildings and establishments” (Qarori O‘zbekiston Respublikasi Vazirlar Mahkamasining Respublikada 86-son sotiladigan maishiy elektr priborlarini, yangidan quriladigan binolar va inshootlarni energetika jihatidan majburiy markirovkalash va sertifikatlash tizimini joriy etish chora-tadbirlari to‘g‘risida)
Clause 3 of Resolution No. 86 prohibits import household electrical appliances with an energy efficiency class of D, E, F or G to the country.
Coverage Household electrical appliances with an energy efficiency class of D, E, F or G

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2023

Pillar Quantitative trade restrictions for ICT goods, products and online services  |  Sub-pillar Import ban applied on ICT goods, products and online services
Import ban
It is reported that Uzbekistan’s legislation prohibits import of video and audio materials aimed at undermining the state and social system, violation of territorial integrity, political independence and state sovereignty, propagandizing war, terrorism, violence, national exclusivity and religious hatred, racism and related.
Coverage Video and audio materials

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2022

Pillar Content access  |  Sub-pillar Presence of Internet shutdowns
Presence of Internet shutdowns
The indicator "6.2.4 - Government Internet shut down in practice" of the V-Dem Dataset, which measures whether the government has the technical capacity to actively make internet service cease, thus interrupting domestic access to the internet or whether the government has decided to do so, has a score of 2 in Uzbekistan. This corresponds to "The government shut down domestic access to the Internet several times this year."
Coverage Horizontal

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2022

Pillar Content access  |  Sub-pillar Presence of Internet shutdowns
Presence of Internet shutdowns
According to reports, Uzbekistan lost about USD 219.7 million in 2022 due to internet shutting down. It is reported that in 2022, the internet shutdowns in Uzbekistan lasted for 5,630 hours, especially in the region of Karakalpakstan.
Coverage Mobile internet and fixed-line internet

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2023

Pillar Content access  |  Sub-pillar Blocking or filtering of commercial web content
Blocking of commercial web content
According to reports, Uzbekistan's communications regulator (Uzkomnazorat) restricted access to several platforms in 2021 for failing to store data on local servers, in violation of the 2021's amendment of the Law on Personal Data. It is also reported that, while most of the platforms have been unblocked, access to Tik Tok remains blocked.
Coverage TikTok

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2021, last reported in 2023

UZBEKISTAN

N/A

Pillar Intermediary liability  |  Sub-pillar Safe harbor for intermediaries for any activity other than copyright infringement
Lack of intermediary liability framework in place beyond copyright infringement
A basic legal framework on intermediary liability beyond copyright infringement is absent in Uzbekistan's law and jurisprudence.
Coverage Internet intermediaries

UZBEKISTAN

Reported in 2022, last reported in 2023

Pillar Intermediary liability  |  Sub-pillar User identity requirement
User identity requirement
It is reported that to become a registered user in online forums, individuals must provide personally identifiable information. Individuals are increasingly encouraged to register with their real names to participate in discussion forums such as the state-run Uforum.
Coverage Online forums

UZBEKISTAN

N/A

Pillar Intermediary liability  |  Sub-pillar Safe harbor for intermediaries for copyright infringement
Lack of intermediary liability framework in place for copyright infringements
A basic legal framework on intermediary liability for copyright infringement is absent in Uzbekistan's law and jurisprudence.
Coverage Internet intermediaries

UZBEKISTAN

Since July 2019, entry into force in October 2019, last amended in 2023

Pillar Domestic Data policies  |  Sub-pillar Requirement to perform an impact assessment (DPIA) or have a data protection officer (DPO)
Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Personal Data - Act No. ЗРУ-547
(Ўзбекистон Республикасининг Қонуни Шахсга доир маълумотлар тўғрисида)
According to Art. 31 of the Law on Personal Data, government bodies, legal entities and individuals processing personal data (i.e. operators of personal data) or having the right to use and dispose personal data (i.e. owners of personal data) must designate a structural unit or a responsible person that has to organize work with respect to personal data protection in the course of its processing.
Coverage Horizontal

UZBEKISTAN

Since November 2006

Pillar Domestic Data policies  |  Sub-pillar Requirement to allow the government to access personal data collected
Resolution of the President on Measures for Increasing the Effectiveness of Operational and Investigative Actions on the Telecommunications Networks of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. PP-513
It is reported that ISPs and mobile service providers must provide to the authorities direct, real-time access to their communications networks without notification and oversight. These operators must install System for Operational Investigative Measures (SORM)-compliant surveillance equipment on their networks in order to obtain an operating license, which would provide the authorities unfettered access to internet traffic and subscribers’ information. It is reported that this measure is contained in the Resolution of the President on Measures for Increasing the Effectiveness of Operational and Investigative Actions on the Telecommunications Networks of the Republic of Uzbekistan, but the text is not available online.
Coverage ISPs and mobile service providers

UZBEKISTAN

Since April 2022

Pillar Domestic Data policies  |  Sub-pillar Minimum period for data retention
Law on Cybersecurity No. ORQ-764 (O‘zbekiston Respublikasining Qonuni
Kiberxavfsizlik to‘g‘risida)
Art. 15 of the Law on Cybersecurity provides that operators of critical facilities must store a backup copy of all data from information systems and resources for at least three months. This requirement affects businesses that possess, operate or interoperate information systems used in critical facilities, including public administration and the provision of public services, defense, national security, law enforcement, fuel and energy industries (including nuclear energy), chemical and petrochemical industries, metallurgy, water management and water supply, agriculture, public health, housing and utility services, banking and finance, transportation, information and communication technologies, ecology and environmental protection, extraction and processing of minerals of strategic importance, manufacturing, other sectors of the economy and the social sphere.
Coverage Operators of critical facilities